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There are many words in the English language which allegedly have no rhyme. I was wondering if there is a term to denote rhyme-less words (i.e. orange, silver...)?
PurplePint Nothing Orange Silver Month
Depends on your accent I s'pose...
June 21, 2006, 12:25pm
by Chris ColeWord Ways, 1990
In the February 1976 Word Ways, Maxey Brooke defines rhyme as "the identity in sound, of the accented vowels of words, usually the last one accented, and of all consonantal and vowel sounds following, with a difference in the sound of the consonants immediately preceding the accented vowels." Masculine rhymes have the final syllable accented, feminine rhymes have the penultimate syllable accented, and triple rhymes have the third-from-last syllable accented. Rhymes with the following consonants somewhat different are called vowel rhyme or assonance; rhymes with identical consonant sounds but slightly different vowel sounds are called off rhyme, sour rhyme, analyzed rhyme or consonance.
Refractory rhymes, or rhymeless words, involve the relatively unexplored area of word pronunciation (as opposed to word spelling). As such, they offer opportunities to distinguish true logology from mere word puzzling. For example, at least one recently-published word puzzle book states that there are two rhymeless words in English: ORANGE and SILVER. Actually, there are thousands of rhymeless English words, but Word Ways readers know of rhymes for ORANGE and SILVER.
Refractory rhymes are the subject of a chapter in Charles C. Bombaugh's Oddities and Curiosities of Words and Literature (Dover, 1961, reprint of 1890). In addition, several articles in Word Ways have discussed this subject:
* In February 1975, Ralph Beaman discussed historical references and classical refractory rhymes. Ralph cited several rhymes for these classical cases, including SPORANGE for ORANGE and CHILVER for SILVER, although many of the rhymes are mosaic (or multi-word) phrases. James Roberts (November 1975) challenged him to rhyme OBLIGE; Ralph obliged in February 1976 with phrases like ELIJAH KNEW / OBLIGE A JEW.
* In the November 1976 Poets' Corner, Milton Bass suggested rhymes for various pronuncia-tions of ORANGE.
* In the August 1980 Kickshaws, Howard Bergerson noted that there are probably many rhymeless words for feminine (and higher) rhymes. He opined that one-syllable rhymeless words are rarer, and listed 55. Jay Ames (May 1981) provided rhymes for TUFTS, LAIRDS, BEARDS and JINXES.
* In the August 1988 Poets' Corner, Kay Haugaard rhymed CIRCLE with JERK'LL.
June 21, 2006, 12:34pm
This may help.
Half rhyme, sometimes known as slant, sprung or near rhyme, and less commonly eye rhyme (a term covering a broader phenomenon), is consonance on the final consonants of the words involved. It is widely used in Irish, Welsh, and Icelandic verse. Some examples are ill and shell and also dropped and wept.
The first English poet to use half rhyme was Henry Vaughan,  but it was not until it was used in the works of W. B. Yeats and Gerard Manley Hopkins that half rhyme became popular among English-language poets. In the 20th century half-rhyme has been used widely by English poets. Often, as in most of Yeats's poems, it is mixed with regular rhymes, assonance, para-rhymes etc.
When have I last looked on The round green eyes and the long wavering bodies Of the dark leopards of the moon? All the wild witches, those most noble ladies, (Yeats, "Lines written in Dejection")
June 23, 2006, 2:55am
This reminds me of a poem I read once (not that it helps the discussion at all).
To find a rhyme for silverOr any rhymeless rhymeRequires only will, ver-Bosity and time.
July 2, 2006, 2:48pm
I think people have missed JRs question. Is there a word that means "a word for which there is no rhyme".
I don't think that there is.
August 5, 2006, 4:00pm
August 5, 2006, 11:13pm
isnt orange one of them?
August 28, 2006, 4:17pm
I think JR and Joe got it without even trying: "rhymeless." That's one of the great things about English--if we need a word for something, our language has the tools to create that word. Do we really need a dictionary to tell us what to say?
September 27, 2006, 5:11pm
rhymeless is an adjective. It is NOT a noun that means "rhymeless word".
September 27, 2006, 7:17pm
NOTHING... surely anyTHING that ends in "thing" rhymes?
October 16, 2006, 1:28pm
So hayley, are you saying that a word that rhymes with nothing is anything? everything? something?... What about a word for a word that rhymes with nothing?
October 16, 2006, 3:15pm
December 3, 2006, 4:21pm
dude weatherson doesnt rhyme with anything?!!? bruv sort it out!
January 19, 2007, 2:59pm
since i have taken the test that proves if you are a genius or not.....and passed. i'd have to say that CAT is a rhymeless word. i mean really, what word rhymes with cat. definetely not that, hat,gnat, fat, or pat rhyme with cat because none have a "c" in them -duh! i'm too smart.
March 13, 2007, 7:20am
i am a fat racist :)
March 13, 2007, 7:21am
Sadly, "anything" doesn't rhyme with "nothing," at least if we restrict ourselves to masculine, feminine, and triple rhyme. The stress of "nothing" falls on the penultimate syllable, while the stress of "anything" falls everywhere but there.
March 19, 2007, 8:17pm
wer we allz from, we just make up dem wurds soz day fits wat wez tryin to say, you all think too much.
April 8, 2007, 3:56pm
"Thing" rhyme with "thing"? In a way, of course, but does a a word RHYME with itself, or do we need different words with similar sounds to have a rhyme?
August 1, 2007, 12:32pm
Im trying to write a limerick, but nothing rhymes with hayley!
it's rather annoying
February 7, 2008, 3:34am
Lottie, "daily" rhymes with Hayley.
And to deez simith, the first consonant of the stressed syllable need not be the same for a word to rhyme. only the following consonants, etc. But, even if what you say were true, then by your own rules "cat" does still have a rhyme. "scat" would rhyme with "cat".
February 7, 2008, 8:24am
What rhymes with Antartica?
February 18, 2008, 9:51am
what rhymes with Kieran??
February 19, 2008, 1:47pm
February 21, 2008, 9:11am
just a tidbit...you can rhyme "orange" with "door hinge"....sorta.
February 21, 2008, 6:20pm
What rhymes with "of"?
Words with more than one syllable that have no rhyme are two a penny.
March 1, 2008, 2:44pm
March 4, 2008, 1:06pm
March 19, 2008, 9:36am
None of those rhyme with "of" in English English. "of" is pronounced "ov" whereas all those words end in an "uv" sound.
April 1, 2008, 12:16pm
Really Keith? Not in any of my dictionaries. They're all the same.
April 1, 2008, 1:30pm
Are these American dictionaries?
April 2, 2008, 1:50pm
andy warhol coke
April 8, 2008, 11:31pm
Wilbur rhymes with silverand orange rhymes with whore changed
September 15, 2008, 9:12pm
purple, month, ninth, pint, wolf, opus, dangerous, marathon, orange, diamond, skeleton, limited, poem, nothing
August 21, 2009, 6:07pm
Anonymous, just what was your point? Was that supposed to be a list of words with no rhymes? The truth is, MOST words in the English language don't have rhymes. That makes the very discussion a bit trivial, doesn't it?
August 22, 2009, 5:23pm
The question was: is there a term to denote (that is to say, a noun) a rhyme-less word? I think it's fair to turn it around: is there a noun meaning "a word which has a rhyme?" I'm pretty sure the answer is no to both questions.
August 22, 2009, 6:44pm
"the sling" rhymes with "nothing"
March 22, 2010, 12:04am
nothing ryhmes with A
July 9, 2010, 10:54am
print ryhmes with lint!
December 15, 2011, 9:46am
Try this link: http://www.rhymer.com/
May 10, 2012, 12:38pm
nothing, bluffing, stuffing,oranges, porn gizz, foreign kids,Silver, pillar, roto tiller,Purple, circle, hurdle,Pint, defiant, reliant, months, dounce, once,
August 28, 2012, 9:19am
what about orange and spornge
September 21, 2012, 8:57am
Refractory rhyme. This is the term used for rhymeless words. Three years too-late. Don't know how you'd use it in a sentence.
October 4, 2012, 3:35pm
orange: sporangesilver: chilver
January 6, 2013, 2:48pm
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